Pros and Cons 2019

We have a tradition of arranging seminars on major issues, where academics and practitioners meet in the same arena.

The seminars, which are open for competition authority employees, researchers, lawyers and competition consultants, have been appreciated for the open discussion among the participants and we hope that this year’s seminar will be no exception.


See the webcast from the conference Pros and Cons 2019

More Pros & Cons of Vertical Restraints

This year’s theme is More Pros & Cons of Vertical Restraints. The contributors will present a variety of views on current topics concerning vertical restraints. Leading officials from competition authorities will act as discussants. The seminar takes place in Stockholm on Friday November 8th, 2019.

The use of vertical restraints in business relations and current practice has sparked significant debate about the merits of such restraints, market power and abuse. E-commerce and the use of algorthims have put new light on vertical restraints.

In this year’s Pros & Cons seminar Joanna Goyder will present her views on the development since 2008, when the topic was last visited by Pros & Cons. Thomas K. Cheng will give an interesting presentation on vertical restraints from the consumer perspective. Bjørn Olav Johansen will talk about resale price maintenance. David Evans will conclude the seminar with a presentation on vertical restraints in the digital world.

Seminar Program


Registration and Coffee


Welcome address by Rikard Jermsten Director General at the Swedish Competition Authority


Introduction by the conference Chair:
Helene Andersson
Postdoctoral Fellow, Stockholm University



Joanna Goyder
Senior Knowledge Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Vertical restraints 10 years on: the e-commerce earthquake


Discussant: Max Engels, deputy head of chief economist unit, German Competition Authority



Coffee break


Thomas K. Cheng
Associate Professor, University of Hong Kong
The consumer in vertical restraints


Discussant: Anton Hartl, economist, Austrian Federal Competition Authority





Bjørn Olav Johansen
Associate Professor, University of Bergen
Current ideas on resale price maintenance


Discussant: Andrea Amelio, economist, DG-comp, European Commission


15.00 Coffee break

David Evans

Chairman, Global Economics Group
Vertical restraints in a digital world

Discussant: Csaba Kovács, deputy head of the Chief Economist Section, Hungarian Competition Authority





Closing of conference


The seminar venue is Spårvagnshallarna (Lecture hall: Spårvagnen), Birger Jarlsgatan 57A. See map


See the webcast from the seminar


If you have any question regarding the seminar or the papers, please do not hesitate to contact the organiser Björn Axelsson ( Administrative assistance can be provided by Saba Zarrani (

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